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Grace Christian runs down the competition again

Beth Bragg
The muddy Grace Christian boys runners line up to congratulate other racers in the 1-2-3A boys race at the finishing chute. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Lathrop's Sam Zimmerman, right, races Colony's Lyon Kopsack into the finish line. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thunder Mountain's Maddie Hall competes in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Juneau-Douglas teammates Corbin Mitchell, left, and Brian Holst sprint toward the finish line in the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Colony's Audrey Michaelson, left, assists 4A race winner Allie Ostrander of Kenai at the finishing chute. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Colony's Kamber Lucas pushes into the finish of the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Nome's Se-ora Ahmasuk competes in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Cheyenne Applegate of Grace Christian runs into the finish line of the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Galena's Joe Apfelbeck, center, climbs a hill on the Bartlett High School trails in the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Glennallen's Arlen Mossgrove is congratulated after winning the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Runners in the girls 1-2-3A race run the Bartlett High School trails. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Noorvik's Iritaq Hailstone competes in the 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
The Wasilla girls cross country team dance and cheer before the start of the 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Service's Jenette Northey, left, East's Grace Graham and Eagle River's Hannah Stevens run in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kenai's Dustin Everitt rests after finishing the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thorne Bay's Taylee Nyquest runs in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Brooke Lizotte runs in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kenai's Allie Ostrander climbs a hill on her way to winning the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
A runner in the girls 4A race splashes in a puddle. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Grace Christian's Anna Trujillo, left, gives a high-five to her teammate and twin sister Claire Trujillo after finishing the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thorne Bay's Taylee Nyquest celebrates a win in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Glennallen's Arlen Mossgrove is congratulated after winning the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Grace Christian's Josh Thomas, left, congratulates his teammate Grayson Sorensen after the boys 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
West Valley's Max Donaldson, left, tries to beat Service's Lucas Schlemme into the finish line. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
South's Derek Steele, Service's Riley Howard and West's Drini Redzepi finish the race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kodiak's Levi Thomet cross the finish line in the boys 4A race in first place. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kodiak's Levi Thomet leaves the start line in the boys 4A race. Thomet took first place in the race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Leigh Thomet congratulates her son, Kodiak's Levi Thomet on his win the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
The muddy Grace Christian boys runners line up to congratulate other racers in the 1-2-3A boys race at the finishing chute. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Lathrop's Sam Zimmerman, right, races Colony's Lyon Kopsack into the finish line. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thunder Mountain's Maddie Hall competes in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Juneau-Douglas teammates Corbin Mitchell, left, and Brian Holst sprint toward the finish line in the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Colony's Audrey Michaelson, left, assists 4A race winner Allie Ostrander of Kenai at the finishing chute. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Colony's Kamber Lucas pushes into the finish of the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Nome's Se-ora Ahmasuk competes in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Cheyenne Applegate of Grace Christian runs into the finish line of the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Galena's Joe Apfelbeck, center, climbs a hill on the Bartlett High School trails in the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Glennallen's Arlen Mossgrove is congratulated after winning the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Runners in the girls 1-2-3A race run the Bartlett High School trails. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Noorvik's Iritaq Hailstone competes in the 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
The Wasilla girls cross country team dance and cheer before the start of the 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Service's Jenette Northey, left, East's Grace Graham and Eagle River's Hannah Stevens run in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kenai's Dustin Everitt rests after finishing the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thorne Bay's Taylee Nyquest runs in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Brooke Lizotte runs in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kenai's Allie Ostrander climbs a hill on her way to winning the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
A runner in the girls 4A race splashes in a puddle. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Grace Christian's Anna Trujillo, left, gives a high-five to her teammate and twin sister Claire Trujillo after finishing the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thorne Bay's Taylee Nyquest celebrates a win in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Glennallen's Arlen Mossgrove is congratulated after winning the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Grace Christian's Josh Thomas, left, congratulates his teammate Grayson Sorensen after the boys 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
West Valley's Max Donaldson, left, tries to beat Service's Lucas Schlemme into the finish line. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
South's Derek Steele, Service's Riley Howard and West's Drini Redzepi finish the race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kodiak's Levi Thomet cross the finish line in the boys 4A race in first place. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kodiak's Levi Thomet leaves the start line in the boys 4A race. Thomet took first place in the race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Leigh Thomet congratulates her son, Kodiak's Levi Thomet on his win the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
The muddy Grace Christian boys runners line up to congratulate other racers in the 1-2-3A boys race at the finishing chute. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Lathrop's Sam Zimmerman, right, races Colony's Lyon Kopsack into the finish line. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thunder Mountain's Maddie Hall competes in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Juneau-Douglas teammates Corbin Mitchell, left, and Brian Holst sprint toward the finish line in the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Colony's Audrey Michaelson, left, assists 4A race winner Allie Ostrander of Kenai at the finishing chute. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Colony's Kamber Lucas pushes into the finish of the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Nome's Se-ora Ahmasuk competes in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Cheyenne Applegate of Grace Christian runs into the finish line of the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Galena's Joe Apfelbeck, center, climbs a hill on the Bartlett High School trails in the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Glennallen's Arlen Mossgrove is congratulated after winning the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Runners in the girls 1-2-3A race run the Bartlett High School trails. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Noorvik's Iritaq Hailstone competes in the 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
The Wasilla girls cross country team dance and cheer before the start of the 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Service's Jenette Northey, left, East's Grace Graham and Eagle River's Hannah Stevens run in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kenai's Dustin Everitt rests after finishing the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thorne Bay's Taylee Nyquest runs in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Brooke Lizotte runs in the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kenai's Allie Ostrander climbs a hill on her way to winning the girls 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
A runner in the girls 4A race splashes in a puddle. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Grace Christian's Anna Trujillo, left, gives a high-five to her teammate and twin sister Claire Trujillo after finishing the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Thorne Bay's Taylee Nyquest celebrates a win in the girls 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Glennallen's Arlen Mossgrove is congratulated after winning the 1-2-3A boys race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Grace Christian's Josh Thomas, left, congratulates his teammate Grayson Sorensen after the boys 1-2-3A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
West Valley's Max Donaldson, left, tries to beat Service's Lucas Schlemme into the finish line. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
South's Derek Steele, Service's Riley Howard and West's Drini Redzepi finish the race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kodiak's Levi Thomet cross the finish line in the boys 4A race in first place. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kodiak's Levi Thomet leaves the start line in the boys 4A race. Thomet took first place in the race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Leigh Thomet congratulates her son, Kodiak's Levi Thomet on his win the boys 4A race. The state's fastest cross country runners and teams competed at the State Championship meet at Bartlett High School on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News

One of the mottos of the Grace Christian School cross-country team is "Run for fun, run for joy." The kids who attend the private parochial school in Anchorage will also tell you they run for the glory of God.

What the Grizzlies don't say is they run to win. They don't have to say it. The results say it, over and over and over again.

On a beautiful afternoon at Bartlett High on Saturday, Grace Christian continued its mastery at the Class 1-2-3A state cross-country championships. The boys won their seventh straight state championship and the girls won their fifth straight and their ninth in 13 years.

"It's a culture at Grace," said senior Josh Thomas, one of five Grace Christian boys to finish in the top 16 of the 5-kilometer race. "We're always looking to make each other better."

It's a culture that goes way, way back. Long before he was a member of the team, Thomas was a toddler-sized Grizzly fan rooting for his sister Ashley, a four-time state runnerup who led the Grace girls to team championships in 2000 and 2001.

Running is so big at the school that about one out of every four or five students is on the team. Coach Nate Davis said 55 of the school's 230 or so high-school-aged students are on the team.

"It's like a sisterhood," sophomore Cheyenne Applegate said of the bond among the girls on the team. "God has helped us to not get catty with each other."

Applegate placed fifth overall and was part of a four-runner pack that claimed third, fourth, fifth and sixth place for the Grizzlies. Led by third-place Morgan Lash and fourth-place Elle Arnold, Grace placed five runners in the top eight and had all seven in the top 20. For the second straight year, the girls scored 20 points -- a perfect score is 15 -- to run away with the team title.

The boys, who bleached their hair as a sign of solidarity, scored 44 points for a 12-point win over runnerup Seward. Daniel Servanti led the way in third place, Hans Karlberg was ninth and three others cracked the top 16.

Servanti and Karlberg spent part of the summer in Cambodia on a mission. Arnold and teammate Jodi Davis went to Burma to make and distribute eyeglasses. Applegate and twins Claire and Anna Trujillo traveled to Beijing to do missionary work at an orphanage. "We baked 50 dozen cookies" to help pay for the trip, Applegate said.

Trips like those provide perspective for team members, Thomas said.

"We realize we are so blessed," he said. "A lot of people take things for granted."

In war-torn Burma, where thousands of people have been displaced, "they don't have a choice but to run," Arnold said. "We get to run."

Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn.com or 257-4335.

Photos: State cross country championships
By BETH BRAGG
Anchorage Daily News